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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Manual Physical Therapy

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy treats vestibular disorders that cause symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Contact RPI to learn more about how our therapist can help you.
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Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is a specialized form of therapy used to treat vestibular disorder. Common symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. The most common symptom people experience is vertigo. Vertigo is the sensation that you or your environment is moving or spinning. It is a symptom you can have if there is a problem with your inner ear. Vertigo can be mild or severe, at times making it harder to balance and perform tasks.
Causes of vertigo:
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BPPV is the most common type of vertigo. BPPV is when crystals in the ear become loose and move into one of the fluid-filled canals. The canals then send false signals to the brain, causing a spinning sensation to occur. Our trained physical therapists assess and identify nystagmus and semicircular canal involvement. They perform fall risk, somatosensory, and oculomotor assessments in order to develop an effective treatment plan. If BPPV is confirmed, they will then perform maneuvers, such as the Epley maneuver, and other specific exercises to treat BPPV.

The goal of vestibular rehabilitation is to use a problem-oriented approach to promote compensation and address the problems of each individual. Once the evaluation is complete, four principle exercises will be prescribed by a physical therapy. They include habituation, gaze stabilization, balance training, and canalith repositioning. Habituation is used for patients with increased dizziness. For patients with symptoms where their visual bounces or jumps, gaze stabilization is used to help make their vision
clearer during head movements. Balance training is used to improve a patient’s steadiness on their feet and balance. And lastly, canalith reposition is to re-aligning the inner ear’s GPS.

Let us help you get back to the activities you enjoy!

Contact our Creve Coeur clinic to schedule an evaluation at 314-991-1978.